Newen Group

BBC Studios Productions appoints Newen’s Martha Brass as COO

BBC Studios (BBCS) Productions has appointed Martha Brass from France’s Newen Group as its chief operating officer. Brass reports into Ralph Lee, CEO at BBCS Productions, and will have oversight of commercial and business development activities. She will also be accountable for business operations and production across all office belonging to BBCS Productions, which is currently […]

Exclusive: Newen’s int’l boss talks Kubik deal & Europe-wide strategy

Newen Group has followed up its deal for iZen Group in Spain by returning to the country to take a minority stake in La Zona prodco Kubik Films. The French production & distribution company’s head of international Philippe Levasseur, in his first interview since being appointed to the role, tells TBI’s Pascale Paoli-Lebailly about further acquisition plans for Germany and […]

Newen buys into ‘La Zona’ prodco Kubik Films to extend Spanish buying spree

TF1-backed Newen has followed up its recent acquisition of iZen Group in Spain by taking a stake in another production company from the country. The French group, whose deal for iZen two weeks ago marked Newen’s first move in Spain, has now taken a minority stake in Kubik Films, which was co-founded in 2016 by […]

Tuvalu Media rejigs leadership as founder Taco Zimmerman steps down

  Newen Group’s Dutch production firm Tuvalu Media Group (TMG) has promoted two of its senior execs to take over leadership of the company, after founder & CEO Taco Zimmerman revealed he would be stepping down. Emiel Neervoort and Sander Van Meurs will become co-CEO’s, with Zimmerman moving away from day-to-day management but remaining involved as a […]

Newen appoints NBCU & Sky Vision alum as EVP of distribution

French production group Newen has appointed former Sky Vision and NBCUniversal (NBCU) exec Leona Connell to lead its global sales division. Connell becomes EVP of distribution at Newen Connect and will be based in London and Paris, reporting to Newen’s recently appointed chief distribution officer Rodolphe Buet. She will lead the fiction and non-fiction sales teams in France […]

France’s TF1 prepares for “significant” Covid-19 impact, as ads & production hit

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has said that its performance this year will be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis, with cancellations of advertising campaigns across key industry sectors and a halt to production activity. The group said it was suspending its financial objectives announced in February until “the situation becomes clearer” and added that it […]

Amazon Prime Video France picks up Newen’s ‘Inside Game’

Amazon Prime Video France has scored first-window SVOD rights to thriller The Inside Game from Newen Distribution. Directed by Oscar-Winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Murder On A Sunday Morning, The Staircase) and produced by What’s Up Film for Arte France, the series follows principled politician Guillaume Delpierre on his fight to ban a pesticide from […]

Newen fast-tracks English expansion with Reel One acquisition

Newen Group’s acquisition of Reel One Entertainment sees the TF1 Group-backed producer-distributor look to crack the English-speaking market and exploit European IP in the US, Canada and UK. The deal marks the French firm’s first concrete move into the English-speaking market, having previously acquired the likes of Denmark’s Nimbus, as well as Dutch formats firm […]

Exclusive: Netherlands’ NPO3 scoops up Tuvalu comedy formats

Newen Group-owned producer Tuvalu Media has scored commissions for science-focused comedy panel show The Human Experiment and comedy programme Too Funny To Be True!.  Dutch broadcaster NPO3 has scooped up both formats, which are to air later this year. The Human Experiment finds a wacky comedian attempting various forms of scientific research on himself. Examples […]

Julien Leroux exiting Newen Distribution UK

Julien Leroux is leaving his post as executive VP of sales and content at the UK arm of France’s Newen Group, TBI can reveal. The exec has been with Newen since 2011, initially joining from Groupe AB to become sales and acquisitions director. He rose through the ranks to become deputy-managing director of Paris-based Newen […]